For the better part of a decade, Marceline and Brookfield's softball programs have participated in a tradition that transcends sport.
The two teams hold an annual fundraiser, now in its seventh year, for survivors of the abject disease that has claimed the lives and well-being of so many women, and for research into how we can best breast cancer as we move deeper into the 21st century.
Brookfield hosted an overflowing crowd in Monday night's Pink-Out Game. Though Marceline's girls stymied the Bulldogs and scored at will, winning 10-0 by run rule in the fifth inning, Monday night was the scene of celebration in unifying for a common goal.
"It's awesome to get the flood of people out here to support both our cause and our softball team," Brookfield coach Paige Drescher said. "The S.E.V. Foundation does a great job of working with the community and getting the word out, and having lots of donations go forward to this. It's awesome that our softball team gets to be the one who has the big outing for this."
The S.E.V. Foundation was organized by Andrea Severa in 2010. The title of the foundation is a double entendre utilizing both the first syllable of her name as well as being an acronym for Saving Every Victim.
As for the game itself, Marceline seized control early and never let up. The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, tacked on another in the second, and exploded for four more in the top of the third.
Marceline recorded nine hits, while Brookfield managed just two.
"As a team, we faced a pretty good pitcher," Marceline first baseman Darcy Dorrell said. "We were looking for anything down the middle, but she hit her spots pretty well. It prepares us for more competition."
Marceline coach Todd Lowther likes the direction his team is headed at this late point in the season.
With Monday night's victory, the Tigers advanced to 11-4 while Brookfield fell to 2-12.
"I was hoping we'd get off to a good start, and we did that," Lowther said. "We got momentum early, and it carried over. Our defense was solid, we've been playing well for the past week and a half.
"We're playing as good as we've played all year. You don't want to peak too early, but we've got a good team and things are going well for us."